By Olusegun Folarin 

Ogun State government says it has introduced measures to regulate the process of taking water from natural sources for use in other areas to ensure proper management of water by all stakeholders. 

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya made this known to commemorate the 2024 World Water Day in Abeokuta, organized by the ministry in collaboration with the Ogun Oshun River Basin Development Authority, OORBDA.

Mr Oresanya explained that the Water Abstraction Regulatory Scheme was initiated to ensure equity and sustainable access to water while preventing water scarcity, land subsidence and water pollution in the State. 

Mr Oresanya who noted that the lack of access to safe water could trigger conflicts emphasized the urgent need for nations to unite around protecting and conserving the most precious resource.

Also, the Managing Director, Ogun Oshun River Basin Development Authority, OORBDA, Otunba Olufemi Odumosu who noted that the population growth had increased pressure on water resources systems said efforts must be intensified to make water available for the people. 

Otunba Odumosu restated the commitment of the agency to continue to boost the water supply and prevent conflicts among the various communities.

Speaking on the theme ” leveraging on water for peace” the guest lecturer, from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, FUNAAB, Dr Adeyinka Sobowale said there was an increasing need to balance all of the competing commercial demands for water resources to enable the communities to have enough for their needs.

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